Ron Cooper Possibly Leaving Bucs For USF

January 10th, 2013

It appears the Bucs are on the verge of losing a third assistant coach to the college ranks. Joe’s good friend “The Commish,” Justin Pawlowski of WHFS-FM 98.7 and a member of the University of South Florida football broadcast team, is reporting that embattled Bucs defensive backs coach Ron Cooper is in discussions to become an assistant head coach at USF.

“The Commish” Justin Pawlowski is reporting that Buccaneers Defensive Backs coach Ron Cooper is being discussed to become the assistant head coach at the University of South Florida joining Willie Taggart’s staff. Stay tuned to 98.7 The Fan for the latest on this story

This is a win-win for local teams in Joe’s eyes. Cooper’s charges came 14 yards shy of setting a 93-year NFL record of futility for worst pass defense in NFL history. If that doesn’t grease the wheels for your exit, Joe doesn’t know what would.

At USF, the Bulls get a man with a proven track record of coaching up and, more importantly, recruiting top level high school defensive backs as he did at LSU before Cooper came to the Bucs.

In recent days, wide receivers coach P.J. Fleck took the head coaching job at Western Michigan and quarterbacks coach Ron Turner took the head coaching job at Florida International.

33 Responses to “Ron Cooper Possibly Leaving Bucs For USF”

  1. SilenceTheCritics Says:

    This is just the beginning. In other news, Kiffin is now rumored to be the leading candidate to be the Cowboys D-Coord. That just seems like an odd pairing. I hate the cowboys but Love monte and would be hard for me as a bucs fan to see him have success with them. Lol

  2. Theodore Says:

    That player’s wish of “sending them back to college” is coming true!

  3. JonBuc Says:

    Cooper was dealt a hand full of UDFAs and the ADD boys….glad he will land on his feet.

  4. PRBucFan Says:

    He’d be dumb not to take it.

    Being offered a job after the product he put out this year is a blessing.

    Sure he was dealt a tough hand but thats life. You have to get the best out of what your dealt and IMO he did not do a good job of that.

    With that, I wish him luck

  5. PRBucFan Says:


    Just reading that made me cringe!!!
    Please God no,


  6. WestCoastBucsFan Says:

    Why the heck is our whole coaching staff being picked apart after a 7-9 season? I dont get it. What happens if we actually have a winning record next season?

  7. Macabee Says:

    I don’t know what’s in the cards for Bob Legashesky Special Teams coordinator, but I thought ST was a major fail this year, especially kick-off and punt returns. Sorry gotta call’em like I see’em! Michael Spurlock had a punt return and a Kick-off for TDs for the Chargers.

  8. Joe Says:

    @Macabee, fyi, one of Spurlock’s TD returns came with Jacksonville

  9. BigMacAttack Says:

    It’s official, USF will have the worst secondary in College Football.

  10. JonBuc Says:

    @Silence….I wonder if Gruden would be in play in Dallas as well? Seems like a fitting spot for him….

  11. OAR Says:

    “Sure he was dealt a tough hand but thats life. You have to get the best out of what your dealt and IMO he did not do a good job of that.”

    Are you saying he should have been a turd polisher, instead of a secondary coach?

  12. PRBucFan Says:


  13. Orlandobucfan Says:

    Obviously out of all the coaches lost PJ Fleck will be missed the most by far.

  14. PRBucFan Says:

    If all you have is turds to work with than it’s your job to put the best turds out there on display. Simple as that.

  15. PRBucFan Says:

    I just read the article about Monte and Dallas…

    What a horrible nightmare

  16. SilenceTheCritics Says:


    That would be an absolute nightmare. Unless they stink it up. Then wouldn’t be so bad. Lol

  17. Macabee Says:

    The Steelers waived Chris Rainey for a domestic battery charge today. I know because of that Schiano won’t go near him. I disagree with the all captains philosophy. Some of these young men simply need mentors to help them grow up. Look at Janoris Jenkins or Alphonso dennard at the Patriots – guys that looked like trouble but are performing. I forgot to mention Burfict at the Bengals.

    Rainey has got a lot of percy harvin in him. He is a threat with the ball in his hands. Not going to happen, but had to say it!

  18. JonBuc Says:


    They have Will The Thrill Demps waiting in the wings… Rooneys probably had their fill of Big Ben Dover mistreating the ladies. No thanks to Rainey but Burflict has been a good story indeed.

  19. PRBucFan Says:

    He would be the perfect back to compliment Martin.

  20. ShayneGoodfellow Says:

    Hope this is true and it happens. Not really anything against Cooper, cause he was given some REALLY bad cb’s to work with most of the year, I just think a fresh start in the secondary will be a great thing for us. Get 2 talented guys that can start, and a new coach. Our secondary would be much improved. Turner I dont really have a problem with losing either, its just Fleck that hurts…

  21. Sgt Mike Says:

    I’m not sure what was worse? USF going to the Big East or the Big East getting USF! Like the Big East, USF has fallen into football Irrelevancy even with a BCS bid every year. At one point we all thought they might slowly move into contention as another Florida college powerhouse. They have become a Big Time barely division 1 program. Peace out Ron Cooper.

  22. SeanyMac in SC Says:

    I also heard a news report that Monte Kiffin was going to replace Slob Ryan as the Cowboys DC. I’m a huge Monte Kiffin and all that he did for the Bucs, but I have no answer for what happened with his defense at USC. Maybe his time has past. I enjoy laughing at any troubles “America’s Team” has, but seeing 72 year old Monte on the Cowboys side lines will make it difficult to jeer the Cowboys…….wait, no I’ll still hate on the Cowboys, sorry Monte.

  23. Patrick Says:

    If Monte does great next year in Dallas, we officially get to run Dominick out of town if our horrible defense continues under Sheridan.

  24. Tyler Says:

    The the best darn news I’ve heard since 82. Yessir now it’s time to give our good ol pal mr Raheem Morris a call bring him in for the job and fire him again! Haha Woooooo boy that’s a tummy rumbler.

  25. Andrew 1 Says:

    @ SGT Mike

    Thats when they had Jim Leavitt. That guy was one hell of a head coach. its to bad he let his passion get the best of him when he hit one of his players, otherwise they would still be in contention for a BCS bowl game. I would love to have that guy on our staff even as D coordinator, but for some reason he does not get the credit that he deserves for being a good coach. I dont know why.

  26. Andrew 1 Says:

    I even went so far as to wanting him to be our head coach when all those candidates where being tossed around and before we hired Schiano. thats how much I believe in the guy. ah hell ill say it, Jim leavett for President! lol

  27. BigMacAttack Says:

    Funny thing is that Rob Ryan isn’t the problem in Dallas. He is a good DC, far better than Rex and Monti is not an upgrade over Ryan. Several years ago Monti woul be but not today. I wish Rob Ryan was our DC. I’d take him in a heartbeat.

  28. PRBucFan Says:

    I wouldn’t, it would call for a 3-4.

    As for Monti, It’s not like the man hasn’t advanced his defense overtime. I don’t think age really matters. It’s obvious others think he’s still got it. He turned down Reid already.

    I guess we’ll see

  29. White Tiger Says:

    This man will not be missed.

  30. Architek Says:

    I don’t care

  31. Miguel El Magnifico Says:

    Chris Rainey would be great on our inactiive list.

    I hate the Cowboys and hiring an old idiot quitter would be poetic justice.

    Funny how the NSO coordinates demotions for their fired coaches. It’s almost like they are trying to cover their stupidity.

  32. OAR Says:

    I agree! Ryan isn’t the problem in Dallass, Jerry Jones is. But, I’m no Cowgirl fan, so Im glad he’s the owner.

  33. OAR Says:

    Funny how the El Raton coordinates his ignominious opinions with his visits to Joebucsfan.